About THC


Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol, known by its common nomenclature of THC, is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. THC is a cannabinoid that produces the intoxicating effect, or “high”, that most people associate with using cannabis. This may include feelings of euphoria, happiness, relaxation, decreased stress, decreased anxiety, and overall well-being. As individualsare as different as the strains they smoke, the effects will vary and are a unique experience to the consumer.


In the 1980s, the average THC content of available cannabis strains was around 3%. Today that number is as high as 30%, with an average 15% THC content. Genetics researchers, breeders, and cultivators have figured out how to grow plants with very specific THC content to ensure the desired results are met.Cannabis cultivators can tailor cannabis medicine and THC content to match consumer’s needs.


THC has many medical applications, although further research is needed to back subjective claims from medical cannabis patients. Medical benefits may include pain and inflammation reduction, increased appetite, stress reduction, neuroprotectant, and cancer-fighting properties. Early research supports these theories but points to the need for further studies once cannabis becomes a legal substance, due to current research being heavily restricted by legal concerns.

How Does THC Work?

THC enters the body and acts on the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). These receptors are concentrated in the brain, specifically areas that may affect short-term memory, learning and problem solving, and coordination.


THC acts by mimicking a chemical called anandamide. Anandamide is a naturally occurring cannabinoid produced by the human brain and is responsible for maintaining normal communication and function in the brain. THC acts on neurons to alter the messages the brain receives, which alters the chemical communication in the brain and causes the consumer to feel “high”.


Typically, the naturally occurring cannabinoids, such as anandamide, can maintain normal brain function, but when exogenous THC is consumed, the signals become altered. This may cause decreased coordination, short-term memory, and problem-solving abilities.

Benefits of THC

One of the biggest benefits of THC is pain relief. A 2010study concluded that THC was effective at relieving neuropathic pain and was well tolerated. The authors reported that a 25mg dose of cannabis with 9.8% THC, inhaled three times daily, was the most effective dose at relieving pain in study participants.


THC also can act as a neuroprotectant and protect the brain from degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease. A 2014 study found that “people with THC in their systems were 80% less likely to die from traumatic head injuries than those without THC,” and a 2018 study determined that THC has the potential to further the treatment of diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease.


THC is also believed to have anti-inflammatory effects. One study concluded that THC might reduce the production of cytokine and chemokine, which are two compounds that contribute to chronic inflammation by triggering the inflammatory response.


Finally, THC has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and may be beneficial for fighting infection and disease.

Let Green Relief Help

If you are wondering how THC may help your individualized needs, visit Green Releaf Dispensary and speak to one of our certified Budtenders. Our Budtenders have extensive knowledge about THC, terpenes, and what strains are appropriate for certain conditions. You are not alone in your medical cannabis journey, come in and see us today!

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